Posted by: r.m. | October 6, 2008

who we are losing

One in four mammals is at risk of disappearing forever. Because of us.

One in four.

25 percent. of those magnificent, gracious, stunning creatures. creatures that teach us about our own humanity. or what remains of our humanity.

That’s the Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), which has a population of just 84-143 adults and has continued to decline due to a shortage of its primary prey, the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

If only the lynx – and the others –  could eat some politicians who allow and encourage the policies that are causing such destruction and habitat loss.

* For more pictures

* For pictures of the full list of endangered species

* For more information and the list

For information on endangered species by geographic area (i.e. – to know about our own little region here) – go to this table Keep in mind that these numbers are quite conservative: i.e. there is much we simply do not know.

One in four.


Responses

  1. many factors play a role in killing these beatifull creatures. mainly, pollution and hunting are the most effective.
    people are being reckless and selfish. we are only thinking about our own interest without even realizing the results. we have to be much more carefull and aware because by driving these animals to extinction we are destroying the natural cycle of life thus we must suffer the consequences.

  2. Two ideas got my attention in this article. First, how a shortage in the prey of a certain animal (or even a loss of its habitat) can lead to the extinction of the animal itself; this demonstrates how all natural things and processes are interrelated. Second, the idea of eating some politicians!!!! I wish it can happen😉

  3. The Cherokee tribe used to believe that the loss of an elderly person is invaluable; it’s like loosing a library.
    Well, the loss of such marvelous creatures is much like loosing a piece of art.

    Check out this link for 10 of the most amazing extinctions
    http://www.oddee.com/item_88742.aspx

  4. Indeed if only the lynx could eat the politicians and every human being causing their extinction!
    It truly hurts to see that we’re harming so many innocent creatures.

  5. from Marc Najjar:
    The Cherokee tribe used to believe that the loss of an elderly person is invaluable; it’s like loosing a library.
    Well, the loss of such marvelous creatures is much like loosing a piece of art.

    Check out this link for 10 of the most amazing extinctions
    http://www.oddee.com/item_88742.aspx

  6. I do partially agree with Reina and Serge on the corrupt tendency of politicians but let me please bring to your attention what Senator Barack Obama is working for in order to decrease the negative impacts on our environment. His policy is focusing on renewable energy sources instead of hungering for more oil, spiling more blood, blaspheming in the name of democracy and freedom and most importantly reducing our carbon footprint on our planet. Not all politicains are corrupt. I hope and pray for Senator Obama to reach office and keep his promises, not for the sake of the American people, but for the sake of our planet and everyone on it. I also encourage that our comments be less emotional (flowers and butterflies) and be more objective and productive (facts and ideas). And Reina, I think the lynx preffers Texan meet over any other kind😉

  7. I emphasize on the word “meet” i ment to spell it the W. Bush way🙂


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